One of our great desires is to help those in the church become ignited with the understanding of God’s plan and purpose for His church. This requires spiritual vision given by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. So many labor for years and see little or no fruit from their work. Why?
This takes me to the portion of Matthew 17 where “a man came up to Him (Jesus) and, kneeling before Him, said, “Lord have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly” (17:14-15). Then the man adds to the story; “I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him” 17:16). While Jesus criticizes the crowd for not having faith, what is more interesting is when “the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus' response is very instructive. “Because of your little (poverty or limited) faith” (17:19-20).
My concern here is a general “poverty or limited faith” when it comes to fulfilling the Great Commission or “equipping the saints for the work of ministry”. We expect limited results because we have failed in using the faith God has given us and pray with that faith knowing that God will work through us for His purpose and glory. James says, “Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?” (James 2:5). God is only asking that we use the faith He richly gave us so we can see Him work on our behalf.
Link To Our Old Blog: